Here, I will discuss random motion of particles inside a canvas and bouncing off the boundary. However, I will skip the collision between particles in this post which is a bit tricky and maybe I will do another post only on that topic.
Run the codepen to see the demo with code.
I have created an object called Circle and given it x and y coordinates and speed(sx,sy) in both directions with radius 5. The function drawCircle() uses arc shape function to draw a circle on canvas.
Next, to move the circle we need to change it’s x and y position. We do this by adding speed to current x and y position and then update the position, more the value of speed the faster the circle will move at each frame.
Now, we need to handle some conditions when the x-coordinate of circle is less then 0 or more than canvas width. If the circle’s x position is less than or equals 0, we change the x-coordinate to it’s radius and move it in the opposite direction by multiplying speed with -1. Again if the x-coordinate is more than the canvas width, the speed is changed as before but this time the x-coordinate is updated by subtracting the radius from width of canvas. We do the similar thing for y-coordinate.
The array circles stores position and speed of each circle. Both position and speed for any circle is random, which finally gives us the effect of particles moving randomly! The speed is a random value between 0.5 and 5. Finally, requestAnimationFrame runs the update() function and the canvas is cleared and drawn at each frame.